Visa launches Tap to Phone pilot in the US market

Visa has introduced its first Tap to Phone pilot in the US to support companies in making their operations more digitalised.   

Tap to Phone allows companies to accept payments with nothing more than a card tap on an Android handset. The solution was first unveiled in January last year before being launched globally in October. It is now available in 30 countries globally.

According to Visa, the initiative is part of a roll-out of ‘commerce in a box’ which is a Visa-curated bundle of products from its payment solution to help small business owners fully digitise their operations.

The solution will be first rolled out in Washington, before being unveiled in Atlanta, Chicago, Detroit, Los Angeles and Miami.

Visa noted it will be working in partnership with ZmBIZI – a minority-owned mobile smartphone tech house – to provide the latter’s Z1 devices with Tap to Phone capabilities to over 50 black-owned small businesses.

Visa global head of buyer, seller, core and platform products Mary Kay said, “The way we shop and pay has forever changed. During the pandemic, tapping to pay and contactless checkout became more commonplace – and are now expected.

“With our technology, networking and community resources, we’re hoping to empower small businesses everywhere to meet their customers in the next phase of digital-first commerce.”

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